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50 Million Americans Struggle With Food Insecurity!

ALIVE Food Bank Distribution in Alexandria Virginia.

ALIVE Food Bank Distribution in Alexandria Virginia.

  • 50 million Americans struggle with food insecurity! 
    by http://www.presstv.com/ 
    Critics and anti-poverty advocates are questioning the so-called economic recovery as a USDA study published Wednesday revealed that while the nation’s wealthiest enjoyed record gains, nearly 50 million Americans continue to struggled with food insecurity in 2013.
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    According to the government figures, while a majority of people who were not always able to afford food last year were adults, 16 million children also went hungry at times, with 360,000 households reporting that their kids skipped meals or did not eat for an entire day because there was not enough money.
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    Joel Berg, executive director of the NYC Coalition Against Hunger, said the country’s widespread hunger problem is deeply connected to the government’s pro-corporation, anti-worker policies.
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    “A country that combines massive hunger with record Wall Street markets is so derailed we can’t even find our tracks anymore,” Berg said. “These startling numbers prove there has been no true economic recovery for tens of millions of struggling US families.”
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    Overall, food insecurity is 35 percent higher than in 2007, before the recession began. In 2013, the average food-secure household spent 30 percent more on food than the average food-insecure household of the same size.
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    “Too many people at the top don’t understand the difference between Wall Street and Main Street,” Berg told Common Dreams. Corporations resettling overseas to avoid paying higher taxes in the US—as exemplified by Burger King’s recent merger with Canadian food chain Tim Horton’s—is “supremely unpatriotic,” Berg said. Asked whether government officials are willfully ignoring hunger statistics, Berg said, simply and emphatically, “Yes.”
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    The research comes shortly after the Harvard School of Public Health released a study showing that the healthy diet gap between rich and poor Americans doubled between 1999 and 2010. That study, published earlier this week, found that differences in diet are directly related to both cost and access, as low-income people are more likely to live in “food deserts” — areas that have few to no grocery stores selling healthy produce, forcing families who cannot afford to travel outside of their neighborhoods to rely on corner stores selling boxed and processed food.
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September 6, 2014 Posted by | Economics | , , , , | Leave a comment

Debt, Vaccines and Food as a Weapon: When International Aid is Used for Population Control !

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http://www.addictedtowar.com/docs/The.War.Against.the.Third.World.pdf

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September 3, 2014 Posted by | Economics, GeoPolitics, Medicine & Health, Social Trends | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What The World Bank Actually Does?!

  • The IMF, WTO and World Bank are Illuminist corporations. Behind the façade of doing good, great evil is committed. They are tools of the Anglo-American western Illuminati to maintain their global hegemony. The creation by the BRICS alliance of an alternative to these organizations is a direct assault of the western Illuminati’s global hegemony which is why the war drums are getting louder.
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  • What The World Bank Actually Does?! 
    by James Corbett, http://www.theinternationalforecaster.com/ 
    But all of this talk about a potential rival to the IMF and World Bank have exposed the general public’s ignorance about what exactly these institutions are and what they do.
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    As many have heard by now, the leaders of the so-called BRICS nations – Brazil, India, China, Russia and South Africa – used the occasion of the 6th BRICS Summit in Brasilia, Brazil to announce the creation of the long-awaited BRICS Development Bank.
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    Formally the “New Development Bank,” it will be based in Shanghai and capitalized with an initial $10 billion in cash ($2 billion from each of the five founding members) and $40 billion in guarantees, to be built up to a total of $100 billion.
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    Immediately, the press began touting the new bank as a potential rival to the current IMF / World Bank system of infrastructure development and poverty reduction in the third world. “BRICS Development Bank Could Challenge World Bank and IMF” touts US News & World Report. “BRICS Ink $50 Billion Lender in World Bank, IMF Challenge” asserts Bloomberg. The World Bank, for its part, is downplaying the rivalry, with World Bank President Jim Young Kim openly welcoming the bank at a recent meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “The only competition we have is with poverty,” he told reporters at the meeting.
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    But all of this talk about a potential rival to the IMF and World Bank have exposed the general public’s ignorance about what exactly these institutions are and what they do. While most are familiar with the IMF and its predatory lending practices (and those who aren’t are encouraged to acquaint themselves with the “IMF riot” strategy that was developed in the third world and is now being imported to Europe), the World Bank is less scrutinized and less well understood. What is it, what does it do, and why is it important for the BRICS to challenge its hegemony in the development and poverty reduction arenas?
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    For the answer to that, we’ll need to examine the World Bank’s history, both the official history that it touts to the outside world and the real history of its part in plundering the developing world that it is supposedly there to help.
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    The Official Story
               

    The World Bank was born along with the IMF at the 1944 Bretton Woods conference that decided on the financial architecture of the post-WWII world, only at that time it was known as the “International Bank for Reconstruction and Development” and was concerned primarily with post-war reconstruction of Europe. After the implementation of the Marshall Plan in 1947, however, its focus shifted to the non-European world where it provided development loans targeted at helping developing countries create income-generating infrastructure (power plants, seaports, highways, etc.).
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Gerald Celente: International Mafia Federation!

Gerald Celente: International Mafia Federation!

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August 18, 2014 Posted by | Economics, GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

There Is No Inflation If You Don’t Eat Dairy, Seafood, Fresh Fruit, Pork, Beef/Veal or Eggs ….

July 31, 2014 Posted by | Economics | , , , , , | Comments Off

Shock Report: 70 Million People Would Be Starving in the Streets Without Government Welfare Programs!

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  • Shock Report: 70 Million People Would Be Starving in the Streets Without Government Welfare Programs! 
    by Mac Slavo, July 9th, 2014, SHTFplan.com 
    Amid all the talk of recovery by politicians, economic officials and big business leaders, the fundamental numbers behind all the propaganda tell a starkly different story.
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    Home sales have dropped to record lows, more people are out of the workforce than anytime in the last 50 years, and cash-strapped consumers have run out of money to fuel economic growth.
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    By all meaningful measures the American boom times of old are gone. A recent report from the Department of Health and Human Services suggests that we may have already reached the tipping point and that things are only going to get worse going forward.
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    According to the HHS, nearly half of all Americans are now dependent on some form of government benefit just to put food on the table. And of our population of 310 million, nearly one in four receive welfare benefits.
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    That’s over 70 million people who, if the government safety nets broke down due to lack of funding or a monetary crisis, would be starving on our streets right now.
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    The sheer magnitude of the numbers is shocking. What’s worse is that they are indicative of a continuing down-trend that won’t be improving any time soon.
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    According to the 2014 version of a report that the Department of Health and Human Services is required by law to issue annually, the percentage of Americans on welfare in 2011 was the highest yet calculated. The data for 2011 is the most recent in the report.

    By this measure, according to the report, 23.1 percent of Americans were recipients of welfare in 2011. Since 1993, the earliest year covered by the report, that is the highest percentage of Americans reported to be receiving welfare.
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    A startling 38 percent of all children 5 and under in the United States were welfare recipients in 2011, according to the report.

    When recipients of non-means-tested government programs (such as Social Security, Medicare, unemployment, and veterans benefits) were added to those receiving benefits from means-tested programs, the total number receiving benefits in the fourth quarter of 2011 was 151,014,000, according to the Census Bureau. That equaled 49.2 percent of the total population.
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    CNS News via Infowars
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July 11, 2014 Posted by | Economics, Social Trends | , , , , , , , | Comments Off

In 33 U.S. Cities, Feeding The Homeless Has Been Criminalized !

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June 16, 2014 Posted by | GeoPolitics, Social Trends | , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Global Austerity and the US War Agenda!

  • Published on Jun 9, 2014
    In this stage of advanced globalization, banks earnings and corporate profits continue to soar even as real wages continue to plummet. This does not just lead to mass poverty and unrest, but it sows the seeds for geopolitical conflict and military confrontation. Find out more about this relationship in this week’s GRTV Backgrounder on Global Research TV.
  • Daniel 7:23 (New King James Version)
    23 “Thus he said:
    ‘The fourth beast shall be
    A fourth kingdom on earth,
    Which shall be different from all other kingdoms,
    And shall devour the whole earth,

    Trample it and break it in pieces.

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    Daniel 11:36-39 (New King James Version)
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    “Then the king shall do according to his own will: he shall exalt and magnify himself above every god, shall speak blasphemies against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the wrath has been accomplished; for what has been determined shall be done. 37 He shall regard neither the God[a] of his fathers nor the desire of women, nor regard any god; for he shall exalt himself above them all.
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    38 But in their place he shall honor a god of fortresses; and a god which his fathers did not know he shall honor with gold and silver, with precious stones and pleasant things. 39 Thus he shall act against the strongest fortresses with a foreign god, which he shall acknowledge, and advance its glory; and he shall cause them to rule over many, and divide the land for gain.
US 'defence' (war really) budget is well over US$1T when all the discretionary spending are added ! It is over 50% of tax revenues!

US ‘defence’ (war really) budget is well over US$1T when all the discretionary spending are added ! It is over 50% of tax revenues!

Discretionary spending in the FY 2013 budget was slashed to $1.264 trillion from $1.319 trillion budgeted in FY 2012. America is a WAR economy!

Discretionary spending in the FY 2013 budget was slashed to $1.264 trillion from $1.319 trillion budgeted in FY 2012. America is a WAR economy!

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2011/sep/14/ron-paul/ron-paul-says-us-has-military-personnel-130-nation/

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Let's cut food stamps but not the war budget! There are still a lot of people the US government wants to kill !

Let’s cut food stamps but not the war budget! There are still a lot of people the US government wants to kill !

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June 10, 2014 Posted by | Economics, GeoPolitics, Social Trends | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Ron Paul: Anytime US Gives International Aid It takes Money from Poor at Home And Gives It to Rich Abroad !

April 9, 2014 Posted by | GeoPolitics, Social Trends | , , | 1 Comment

Illinois Church Told by City Officials It Can No Longer Provide Homeless People Shelter!

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    It Is Illegal To Feed The Homeless In Cities All Over The United States! 
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  • Illinois Church Told by City Officials It Can No Longer Provide Homeless People Shelter! 
    by Michael Krieger, http://libertyblitzkrieg.com/  
    Throughout what has been one of the most brutal winters in recent memory, a small church in Rockford, Illinois decided to do the right thing and offer a warm, safe place to sleep for local homeless people. The church provided shelter to 30-50 people a night during the winter months, and probably even saved several lives as a result. For this horrific offense, city officials have zeroed in and told them they must stop this act of charity due to “zoning issues” and “safety hazards.”
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    This story is just another tale in a recent disturbing crackdown by local municipalities against private citizens and institutions trying to make life a little less painful for homeless people. Recall my very popular post from a month ago titled: South Carolina City Implements Law that Requires a $120 Permit to Feed Homeless People.
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    Now from WIFR 23News:
    ROCKFORD (WIFR) — Leaders at a Rockford church say they have been told by the city that they can no longer act as a warming center and temporary homeless shelter because of zoning issues and apparent safety hazards.
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    Apostolic Pentecostals of Rockford church tells 23 News they were told Wednesday by the city that their facility doesn’t have adequate fire safety equipment and also isn’t zoned to serve the community as a warming center or shelter.
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    You got people out in the cold,” says church owner David Frederick, “and I think the city should allow us to stay open all night.”
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    Frederick says he has been warned by the city if his church takes people in he would be doing so illegally.
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    I’m really glad local “authorities” across America have got their priorities straight.
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    Full article from WIFR and video here.

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March 27, 2014 Posted by | GeoPolitics, Social Trends | , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Worse Than Greece? Savage Cuts Await Ukraine If Deal with IMF Struck!

Gerald Celente: International Mafia Federation!

Gerald Celente: International Mafia Federation!

March 26, 2014 Posted by | Economics, Social Trends | , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Alasdair MacLeod: The Vast Majority Will Face Starvation from a Worldwide Banking Collapse! Financial WW3!

  • Published on Mar 20, 2014 
    After our amazing call with writer and researcher Alasdair MacLeod officially ended, we kept on talking!  This bonus conversation includes the entirety of that conversation which covers the very real possible outcomes that may result from a worldwide banking collapse.  Alasdair is concerned that the equivalent to a financial WW3 may result in starvation for many, many unprepared people. We wonder, how can we extricate humanity from this debt-based fiat paper monetary scheme without destroying humanity in the process?

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March 21, 2014 Posted by | Economics, GeoPolitics, Social Trends | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

GEAB N°82: 2014, Resumption of the Global Systemic Crisis!

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“Let’s recapitulate: the Fed and the Treasury continue to flood the world with $65 billion a month, but no one wants them… Where can they dump them now?” - Quote

  • GEAB N°82 is available! 2014, resumption of the global systemic crisis « normal » path! 
    by http://www.leap2020.eu/ 
    The avalanche of liquidity from the Fed’s quantitative easing in 2013, allowed the world before’s tenets to wake up: indebtedness, bubbles, globalization, financialization… But all it took was a slight slowing down in the astronomical amounts injected by the US central bank every month for the rampant crisis, buried under these piles of liquidity, to reassert itself. As anticipated, the method of “resolving” the crisis by accentuating the excesses that caused it is ineffective, causing a crisis squared instead. All the same one can find an actual benefit: time is gained which everyone uses to their best advantage.
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    Throughout 2014, we will once again witness the global systemic crisis’ “normal” deployment, a phase of major transition between two global organization systems, a historic crisis that goes well beyond an economic-financial crisis, which we begin to see clearly. That’s why alongside the serious dangers to the stock exchanges, banks, real estate and, more generally, the economy, the agenda also includes the expansion of people’s anger and the rejection of current political systems, the worsening of geopolitical tensions and blocs withdrawing back in on themselves.
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    The timing belt of this renewal of the crisis is primarily driven by tapering (the reduction of the Fed’s QE programme) which, as we know, has immediately led to the tremors in emerging currencies. Beyond the negative impact that that has on the global economy, our team anticipates that these shocks will cause a boomerang effect on the US and finally unleash the chain of events of the Dollar’s massive devaluation, destabilizing everything that remains of the old system of which it’s the cornerstone.
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    Layout of the full article:  
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    1. TAPER’S  MISCALCULATION  
    2. THE END OF THE TENETS OF THE PAST  
    3. BREAK THE BANK?  
    4. PEOPLES’ ANGER
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    This public announcement contains an excerpt of section 1.
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    TAPER’S  MISCALCULATION
    A number of realities hide behind the Fed’s decision to progressively reduce its quantitative easing programme (1).
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    At the first is obviously it’s ineffectiveness as regards the real economy and especially the growing risks that it’s running in creating various bubbles and addictions and distorting any ability to understand reality. The second, without doubt, is the clinging to the desire to “show” that the situation is improving and that the Fed can pull out without risk. The third is less exemplary: aware of the emerging countries’ addiction to Fed liquidity created in 2013, its announcement couldn’t fail to trip them up. They now make headlines in the financial press, whilst the US situation has moved into the background. In fact, who remembers that Puerto Rico is in the process of exploding (2) (as anticipated in the GEAB n°77)? Or that Chicago can’t pay its debts (3), or that food stamps, the cornerstone of US Social Security, continue to be cut back (4) whilst an increasing number of households depend on them? Or finally that child poverty has reached levels which are difficult to imagine for a so-called developed country (5)?

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February 19, 2014 Posted by | Economics, GeoPolitics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Silent Misery: Actual US Unemployment 37.2%, Record Number of Households on Food Stamps in 2013!

http://rt.com/business/us-unemployment-economy-crisis-assistance-006/

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US Government unemployment statistics are like flying pigs! Absolutely TRUE! You must believe otherwise you are supporting terrorists!

US Government unemployment statistics are like flying pigs! Absolutely TRUE! You must believe otherwise you are supporting terrorists!

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February 13, 2014 Posted by | Economics | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Working Age Americans are the Majority of People on Food Stamps for the First Time! US Congress to Cut Food Stamps by $9 Billion!

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  • US Congress to cut food stamps by $9 billion! 
    by http://www.presstv.com/ 
    Lawmakers in both chambers of US Congress have reportedly reached a deal to cut almost $9 billion from the food stamp program on which nearly 47 million Americans rely to afford food.
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    The cuts to the program, which will affect nearly a million households over the next decade, are part of multi-year farm bill which sets spending levels for federal agriculture and food policy.
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    The giant piece of legislation is expected to get a vote in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, after which it will be subject to a vote in the Senate.
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    The cuts are a compromise between nearly $40 billion in cuts to the program approved by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives and a $4 billion reduction approved by the Democratic-controlled Senate.
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    The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has already undergone a $5 billion cut when a temporary increase in food stamp dollar expired on Nov. 1.
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    A household of three lost $29 in food aid per month as a result of the cuts that left each person to spend an average of $1.40 per meal.
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    The new farm bill, on which lawmakers across the aisle have agreed, will save around $23 billion over a decade.
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    American doctors and food banks across the country have already warned against the consequences of the planned cuts to the programs.
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    According to the American medical community, increased rates of diabetes and developmental problems for young children are among the health risks of hunger which would be a direct result of cutting funding for the SNAP.
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    Food banks also face an increase in the number of their visitors and say they have to turn people seeking help away because they do not have enough supplies.
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    “Make no mistake, if the food stamp program is cut, we’re going to see much longer lines of people seeking help with their food budgets, and we can’t help them all,” said Nancy E. Roman, executive director at the Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, D.C.
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    Margarette Purvis, the president of the Food Bank for New York City, the largest food bank in the US, has also warned against the cuts, saying “devastating cuts [to the SNAP] have pushed thousands of low-income New Yorkers and emergency food providers to the very brink of survival.”
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  • Working Age Americans are the Majority of People on Food Stamps for the First Time! 
    by http://libertyblitzkrieg.com/ 
    When people ask me to describe the state of the U.S. economy, what I always say is that it can best characterized as an ongoing state-sanctioned theft. This theft consists of the 0.01% oligarch class intentionally leveraging a corrupt monetary and political system in order to funnel all of the wealth of the non-oligarch rich and middle-class upward to them. The underclasses are kept quiet and in-line via food stamps and other forms of so-called “welfare.”
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    In reality, I have frequently maintained that food stamps are actually corporate welfare and that the stock market represents food stamps for the 1%. The entire economy is a gigantic bait and switch in which a handful of people rape and pillage everyone else.
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    With unemployment and GDP statistics hopelessly manipulated, we must look at other data points in order to gain an understanding of how things really stand. Data related to food stamp rolls is one way to gain real insight into the true state of the U.S. economy.
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    * For the first time ever, working-age people now make up the majority in U.S. households that rely on food stamps.
    * Food stamp participation since 1980 has grown the fastest among workers with some college training.
    * By education, about 28 percent of food stamp households are headed by a person with at least some college training, up from 8 percent in 1980.
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http://cnsnews.com/news/article/ali-meyer/record-20-households-food-stamps-2013

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January 31, 2014 Posted by | Economics, GeoPolitics, Social Trends | , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Record 20% of Households on Food Stamps in 2013!

http://cnsnews.com/news/article/ali-meyer/record-20-households-food-stamps-2013

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January 23, 2014 Posted by | Economics, Social Trends | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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